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Goodbye Mr. Watson

I was in for a bit of a shock on my recent phone bill. Cox raised my rates by $5 a month! Now a line from Cox is scarcely any cheaper than a REAL phone line from SBC. I left SBC to get a lower rate, now it isn't. So I called up Cox and told them to disconnect my phone service. I really don't use it all that often, certainly not often enough to justify another $60 a year.

I probably wouldn't have dropped my service, but they didn't give any warning about it, they just sprung it on me.

I thought about switching to Vonage, but the savings is only about $3 a month after they start adding on fees and stuff. Until they raised their rates, Cox cost almost the same as Vonage!

The only thing that bothers me about disconnecting the phone service is I have these really great phones that my grandfather bought. It's really a small business phone system, designed to handle multiple lines, with wireless handsets, an intercom system, 5 extensions, voice mail, etc. It cost something like $1000 when he bought it. It rather annoys me to not use it.

I still have my cellphone, so I really don't have that big of a need for a landline.

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